“God made [Jesus] who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” 2 Corinthians 5:21
“Salvation was bought not by Jesus’ fist, but by His nail-pierced hands; not by muscle but by love; not by vengeance but by forgiveness; not by force but by sacrifice. Jesus Christ, our Lord, surrendered in order that He might win; He destroyed His enemies by dying for them and conquered death by allowing death to conquer Him.” -A.W. Tozer
- Call your prayer partner for your 10-minute prayer call. If you are having trouble connecting, keep trying! If you don’t have someone to pray with, ask God to bring her to you! He is faithful and will provide!
- It’s time to meet with your Jesus! The One who died to save you- who paid the price for your sin- cares deeply for you. Make room in your heart for Him, as you reach for your Bible, journal, a pen, and a fresh glass of water.
- Read Romans 5 slowly, allowing the Holy Spirit to illuminate His Word. Write Romans 5:8-11 in your journal.
Why did Jesus Have to Die?
The question always seems to surface around Easter-time, beckoning us to come nearer to the beautiful cross of Jesus. Why did He have to die? Why would a heavenly Father send his own Son to earth as a man to suffer severe, brutal humiliation by death on a cross?
Let’s dig into God’s Word where we can find these answers. If you are familiar with the book of Genesis (the very first book in the Bible), you will remember the story of Adam and Eve, the first humans ever created. Having been instructed by God not to eat from a tree in the Garden of Eden, “the tree of the knowledge of good and evil,” they were deceived by Satan and disobeyed. Sadly, this brought sin and evil into our world; it opened the door for all of us humans to sin. A rebellion toward perfection caused a huge rift between sinful man and the holy God.
Sin created a separation that could not be ignored. God had created Man perfect and sinless in the Garden, but when Adam and Eve disobeyed and broke His command, it marred their sinless state. Therefore, He had to punish them. What righteous judge does not punish law-breakers? Overlooking sin would make a Holy God unjust. Romans 6:23 says, “The wages [penalty] of sin is death.” According to this verse, God chose death to be the consequence of sin.
We all have sinned. Isaiah 64:6b says, “All our righteousness are as filthy rags.” Ever since Adam and Eve sinned, every human being on earth has been guilty of breaking God’s law or command in some way or another. Our own goodness can never compare to God’s holiness and righteousness. As it says in Romans 3:23, “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” No matter how hard we try in our sinful state, we continually fall short of the standard God put in place. 1 Corinthians 6:9-11 contains a list of sins that break God’s law, declaring unrighteousness will not enter the kingdom of God.
Interestingly, in the Old Testament God had set up a system for His people to follow to take away the guilt of sin temporarily. Whenever anyone fell short of His standard, an animal had to die, and blood had to be shed to take away the sin. Hebrews 9:22 states that without shedding of blood there is no remission (of sin). Yet Hebrews 10:4 says clearly it was not possible for the blood of goats and bulls to fully take the sin away! This faulty system was only a shadow of a much greater, perfect plan that was to come later.
Friend, this is why Jesus had to die, which is good news! God made a way for us to be reconciled back to Him. Because of His great love for us, He sent His perfect, sinless Son to die. No other person could take away sin, only God. This one last sacrifice was made for us by the sinless God-man, for everyone to be spared judgment. He didn’t want us to die and face punishment, but while we were still living in sin, He died for us! He took our place of punishment! 2 Corinthians 5:21 says Jesus became sin for us so that we could become His righteousness. Hallelujah, He took our sinful place by building a bridge with the body and blood of Jesus, making provision for us to reach God’s standard again!
John 3:16 says: “For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son, that whosoever believes in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Jesus came to take away your sin, my friend. He came to save the whole world, and yet the choice is up to every individual whether to believe or reject Him. God doesn’t force anything on anyone, but freely gives us the dignity to choose. It is His utmost desire for every human on earth to accept the gift of salvation through Jesus and be spared from eternal death.
If you place your faith in Jesus by truly believing in God’s perfect lamb and sacrifice today, you can have fellowship with the Living God! When you say “yes” to Jesus, He will come live in your innermost being and make you righteous! He will change your sinful desires and give you the ability to do His will as you choose to surrender to His Spirit who dwells in you. Every day lived with Jesus is a good day!
Questions to Ponder
- Why did Jesus have to die? (Read Hebrews chapter 9 for a deeper study)
- According to 2 Corinthians 5:21, what did Jesus become?
- Was the sacrifice of Jesus enough? Explain.
- Do I believe, and will I receive God’s gift of salvation? Why, or why not?
- If you believe and have received Jesus as your personal Savior, reach out to one person you know who is not a Believer this Easter season. Tell them about Jesus, the perfect sacrifice, or invite them to your Easter service at church. Keep your eyes open to those around you who may not yet know the goodness of God!
- If you have not yet believed, take a step of faith and pray the sinner’s prayer below:
“Dear God, I acknowledge I am a sinner. Any good in me is like filthy rags according to your standard of goodness. I fully believe in Jesus, your Son who died for me, being the final and perfect sacrifice so I could become your child of righteousness. I ask you to come and dwell in my heart as I confess and declare with my mouth that you are Lord of my life. Thank you for changing me, for delivering me from evil. I now want to live a life that is pleasing to you. Amen”[box type=”download”]
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Mari Jo had an encounter with the living God in 2000, and was freed from the bondage of legalism. She is passionate about Jesus and his love, and desires for everyone to know He is alive!